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Facing a Serious Diagnosis? 'AfterShock' Now an App

CFAH Staff | July 31, 2014

Receiving bad health news can spark great upheaval. It is a time when nothing is certain and the future looks dark. The new, free app 'AfterShock: Facing a Serious Diagnosis' offers a basic roadmap through the first few days and weeks, providing concise information and trusted resources to help you regain a bit of control during this turbulent time...

Ingenious Hospitals Find a New Way to Snag Patients

Trudy Lieberman | July 29, 2014

A mother takes her teenage son to an urgent care center that is part of her insurance plan's network. A clerk quickly refers him to the emergency room, across the street, which just happens to be part of the same hospital system as the urgent care center. Is this UCC sending some patients to its related hospital ER, clearly a place of high-priced care, to gin up revenue for the system's bottom line?...

When Does a Patient Need to Be Seen?

Anne Polta | July 28, 2014

You need a refill for a prescription that's about to run out. You've taken the medication for years without any problems and can't think of any reason why the prescription can't just be automatically continued. But the doctor won't order a refill unless you make an appointment and come in to be seen. Is this an unfair burden on the patient or due diligence by the doctor?...

Recent Tributes to Jessie Gruman, CFAH Founder and President

Center for Advancing Health | July 25, 2014

Last week we gathered several tributes to Jessie that were published in the days following her death on July 14. Here are additional acknowledgments of Jessie that have come to our attention since then...

What Community Health Leaders Told CFAH About Patient Engagement

CFAH Staff | July 23, 2014

"When I think of patient engagement, I think of a partnership where people work together to figure out what the patient wants and how to support the process. Engagement is the knowledge base, working through the decisions and helping people to become full partners in their health outcomes." – June Simmons, MSW — Founding President and CEO, Partners in Care Foundation, San Fernando, CA

Has Patient-Centered Health Care Run Amok?

Trudy Lieberman | July 22, 2014

In the late 1990s, when the Institute of Medicine released their landmark Quality Chasm report saying that patients "should be given the necessary information and the opportunity to exercise the degree of control they choose over health care decisions that affect them," I don't think this is what they had in mind...

How to Prevent Hospital-Acquired Infections

Bonnie Friedman | July 21, 2014

We go to the hospital to get better, right? But it doesn't always work that way. Sometimes patients become sicker, not because their illnesses are untreatable, but because deadly bugs can overtake a hospital's ecosystem and wreak havoc, especially among the most ill. Not long ago, this happened to my husband...

Remembering Jessie Gruman

Center for Advancing Health | July 18, 2014

A message from Jessie's family and excerpts from tributes that have been written in Jessie's honor.

In Memoriam: Jessie Gruman

Center for Advancing Health | July 14, 2014

The president and founder of the Center for Advancing Health died at home on Monday, July 14, 2014 after a long illness.

A Patient Responds to What 'Experts' Say About Patient Engagement

Carolyn Thomas | July 14, 2014

I was one of the patients interviewed for the recently published Center for Advancing Health report called "Here to Stay: What Health Care Leaders Say About Patient Engagement". It's an interesting, illuminating and frustrating document to read. My concern, as a person who's pretty darned engaged in my own health care, is not that the phrase is meaningless. It's more that non-patients have co-opted the concept of patient engagement for their own purposes...

What Physicians Told Us About Patient Engagement

CFAH Staff | July 9, 2014

"Being engaged in our health and health care makes the most difference to us as individuals. Our actions need to reflect our own goals, our values and preferences, and what we are willing and able to do to achieve them," says Rushika Fernandopulle, MD, Co-Founder and CEO of Iora Health.

What's Wrong With Health Insurance Policies That Cover Less?

Trudy Lieberman | July 9, 2014

Insurance companies and a group of senators headed by Alaska Democrat Mark Begich think they have a great idea for getting more young people to sign up for health insurance...

Stop the War on the Emergency Room (Fix the System Failure)

Nick Dawson | July 8, 2014

The ED is convenient, it's open 24 hours, it does not require an appointment. So when the stomach bug or kitchen accident gets the best of you at 9:00 pm, and your doctor's office is closed, where are you going to go? And, yet, we still chide people – via reporting, casual comments and the communication of health systems – for using the ED for "non-emergent" needs. What I'd like to see is more hospitals flinging open the doors of their EDs and saying, "We'll take you, any time, for any reason, and you won't wait long or pay an arm and a leg"...

How to Pick a Primary Care Physician

Reed Tuckson | July 7, 2014

As the former chief of medical affairs of UnitedHealth Group, I'm privileged to listen to the good people of this country talk about their health care. When it comes to choosing a doctor, do you know what I've learned? Most of us spend more time researching our next electronic gadget than researching our doctor. Except choosing the right doctor has significantly more impact on your life than any gadget...

Patient Engagement: Here to Stay

Jessie Gruman | July 1, 2014

What is patient engagement and what does it take to accomplish? With the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, CFAH set out to explore this concept as it was viewed by various diverse stakeholders. Our interviews with 35 key health care stakeholders lead to an impressive unity of opinion...